Georgia, Shelf Sitter
A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by Brenda Greenwalt
Georgia, Doll, and Kitty
Georgia approximately 19 inches tall, doll 6 inches & Kitty 4 inches tall.
Read through all directions before beginning.
For illustrations of the different steps and techniques as well as the stitches visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page on my website at http://www.lilliemaescrafts.com
Material: Unbleached muslin, material for bodice & skirt, cat, and doll dress.
Hair – Yarn Bee, Boucle Traditions Brushed (Color – Brindle Mix)
Embroidery Thread: Brown #300, red #3777, thread that matches all material and
hair as well as natural.
Natural quilt thread
Terra cotta saucer (4 inches across top)
Dinner plate 7 or 8 inches across (just to use as a pattern)
Thin white wire
Green seed beads (cat’s eyes)
Disappearing Fabric Marking Pen
Paint – Barnyard Red, black, antique white
Sponge brush & large stencil Brush
Paper towels and paper plates
5-inch doll needle
Small embroidery needle
For Staining – instant coffee, vanilla extract, fragrance oil, wire hanger.
Optional – old cookie sheet, glass jar with lid, wax paper.
Suggestedshopping for fragrance oils –
The Chemistry Store – http://www.chemistrystore.com
From Nature With Love – http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com
Save on Scents – http://www.saveonscents.com
Bramble Berry – http://www.brambleberry.com
To Die for Soap – http://www.todieforsoap.com
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#1. Print out head, arm and leg patterns.
#2. Pin head, arm and leg patterns to doubled muslin and trace using pencil, disappearing or Mark B Gone fabric marking pens being sure to trace 2 arms and 2 legs.
#3. Sew on traced lines leaving open where indicated on patterns. I stuff my dolls fairly firmly; to prevent seams from popping due to stress placed on them, set your sewing machine for small stitches. Clip curves and turn.
#4. Stuff to stuffing lines and sew openings closed.
#5. Sew arms on where indicated on pattern.
Stain the head, arms and legs.
#1. Mix stain solution; in a glass jar with lid combine 1/4 cup instant coffee with 1 cup hot water. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon fragrance oil. Shake to mix. If you want your stain mixture more fragrant, simply add more fragrance oil. Pour into a spray bottle or use sponge brush.
#2. Line an old cookie sheet with either wax paper or old rags.
#3. Spray body being sure she is completely covered; front and back.
#4. Set oven to 200 and bake for 10 minutes. NEVER LEAVE THIS UNATTENDED. If you need to bake longer, bake at 5 minute increments.
#1. Print off eyes and nose patterns. Position on face where desired and attach with straight pins.
#2. With pencil, lightly trace around patterns.
#3. Eyes: Paint eyes in with black paint. Be careful, use a very small brush, and go slowly. When dry, with white fine point paint pen, place dot in eye (see picture).
#4. Mouth, eyebrows & eyelashes: With one strand black embroidery and using your 3 to 5 inch doll needle, go in from top of head (this will be hid with her hair) and backstitch mouth first, then eyelashes and finally the eyebrows.
#5. Nose: With 2 strands red embroidery thread and using the same technique as above in step #4, backstitch her nose.
#6. Cheeks: Dip a small amount of your Country Red paint onto a paper plate. Dip your small stencil brush lightly in the paint and dab almost all of the paint back off on the paper towels. When you have only a small amount left on your brush, using circling motions, paint on her cheeks as in the picture. If you want more color, repeat.
#1. Bangs – cut 5 strips of yarn 1 inch long and lay underneath hair bundle (in next step) and attach to head along with it.
#2. Making a hair bundle: Cut 12 strips of yarn 10 inches long, tie in center with piece of yarn.
#3. Insert a matching piece of embroidery floss in center of dolls head. Place the hair bundle in the center of this and tie tightly.
#4. Divide strips into 3 sections, each side, and braid. Tie at end with another piece of yarn.
#5. Tie ends of braids with small strips of matching material.
#1. Tie small piece of thread to the top of the legs. This is to hang them to dry after painting.
#2. Paint feet (shoes) back as indicated on pattern.
#3. Hang to dry. I usually use a wire hanger. Bend both sides up, and hang one leg on each side. Be sure not to hang where possible drippings from the paint may cause damage. I hang mine in my garage.
#4. Once dry,
lightly sand the shoes to give them appearance of vintage and worn
#1. For the body pattern, simply use a 7 or 8-inch dinner plate. Trace around this with disappearing fabric marking pen onto doubled muslin.
#2. With 2 strands of natural embroidery floss hand sew a running stitch completely around this about 1/2 inch from the edge leave enough thread for gathering.
#3. Place your terra cotta saucer in the center of this and pull gathering thread until material has cupped up a bit around the saucer.
#4. Grab a handful of polyfil and place in center of saucer.
#5. Place doll in center and continue filling with polyfil all around the doll.
#6. Pull the gather stitch tight and hand stitch to the doll all around. You may need to do this several times to make sure it is snug and tight.
Legs & Bloomers:
#1. Next we make the bloomers as they need to go on the doll’s legs before the legs are attached the doll.
#2. Print off bloomer pattern. On doubled muslin trace pattern with disappearing fabric marking pen. As above, sew on traced lines being sure to leave top and bottom open as indicated on pattern. Cut out about 1/4 inch from sewn lines.
#3. Put on dolls legs. With natural embroidery floss, hand sew a running stitch around bottom of bloomers about 1/2 inch from bottom. Pull to gather and stitch down in back.
#4. Glue to bottom of saucer as indicated in picture being sure that the toes are pointed towards each other.
#1. Bodice - On double layer material, right sides together, pin bodice pattern and cut out, being sure to place the bodice on the fold as indicated.
#2. Skirt - On doubled layer material, right sides together, pin skirt pattern placed on fold where indicated and cut out 2.
#3. Doing front and back separately, take one piece of the cut out skirts and sew a gathering or a running stitch about 1/4" away from one long edge.
#4. Gather that part of the skirt and with right sides together match it to the bottom of the bodice. Pin & sew right above the gathering stitch.
#5. Do the same for the other side of the bodice.
#6. With right sides together, match up the front and back dress pieces and, using 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew together.
#7. Turn hem under 1/4 inch and hem.
#8. Turn bottom of sleeves up about 1/4 inch and hand sew.
#9. Slip dress on over doll’s head. Hand stitch a running stitch completely around neck and sleeves and pull to gather, knot.
#10. Cut out the sash pattern from cheesecloth and tie around waist of dress.
#11. Pin rick-rack to bottom of dress and stitch.
#1. Print out dolly pattern. On doubled muslin trace pattern. Sew on traced lines…do NOT leaven an opening.
#2. On back of doll cut a small slit for turning. Clip curves and turn. Stuff lightly and sew opening shut.
#3. Hair – cut 5 pieces of red embroidery floss 1 inch long and tie to head where indicated on pattern.
#4. Dress - print out pattern. On doubled material, trace pattern and sew on traced lines. Cut out about 1/4 inch away from sewn lines. Clip curves and turn. With fingernails, scrape hem and sleeves for a frayed look. Hand sew a running stitch around neck and pull to gather. Tie in a bow in front.
#5. Bloomers – print out pattern. On doubled muslin, trace pattern and sew on traced lines. Cut out about 1/4 inch away from sewn lines. Clip curves and turn. Trim bottom of legs with pinking shears. Hand sew a running stitch around waist and pull to gather. Tack down in back.
#1. Print out pattern. On doubled material trace pattern and sew on traced lines leaving open where indicated on pattern.
#2. Stuff and sew opening shut.
#3. Eyes – Going in from bottom of cat, where opening for stuffing was sewn shut, with your 5-inch doll needle and sew on beads for eyes.
#4. Whiskers – cut 3 pieces of white wire 3-1/2 inches long. Looking at picture for placement, simply shove in the white wire for whiskers where indicated. Curl the top whiskers up, the middle whiskers should simply be out at the sides and the bottom whiskers need to be curled downwards.
#5. Tail – print out the pattern. On doubled material, trace pattern and sew on traced lines. Stuff lightly and sew opening shut. Hand stitch the tail on at the back bottom of the cat. Curl the tail around towards the front of the cat (see picture) and using your 5-inch doll needle go in from the back of the cat, out the front tip of the tail and tack this in place with just a few stitches.
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